Looking back over his long career, architect Moshe Safdie delves into four of his design projects and explains how he labored to make each one truly unique for its site and its users.

Don’t miss the poem at the end.

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3 thoughts on “Moshe Safdie: What makes a building unique?

  1. Wow. That was a pleasure to watch. Quite frankly, I’ve never seriously thought about what an architect does; about the creativity and planning and negotiating that goes into their projects.

    And yes, the poem at the end was really thought-provoking and special. 😀

    What really surprised me was that holocaust memorial he designed. A single candle reflecting into infinity, with the names of the deceased being read in the background (but the read tape is so long that it doesn’t replay for 6 months!).

    It’s just really inspiring to see beautiful creativity in engineering. Even buildings can be works of art.

    1. I am glad you liked this talk 🙂

      Architecture is an interesting field, but the message is relevant to design in general. One of the key concepts Moshe Safdie mentioned is purpose. Focusing on aesthetics may lead to failure. Good design is meeting a specific purpose in a creative way. As Louis Kahn said, “Design is not making beauty – beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration, love.”

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